Bandai Namco has announced the Digimon World: Next Order release date and it is a risky one. The spiritual successor to the original Digimon World will be coming to the West on January 31 for PS4. It might seem like good news, but the game will be coming out in a month with a ton of competition.
Games slated for a January release include Resident Evil 7, Kingdom Hearts 2.8 and Dragon Quest 8 3DS. These are all big titles that fans will definitely go crazy over. While the surprise success of Cyber Sleuth may have influenced the release date of Next Order, the publishers might have bitten off more than they can chew.
To give Bandai Namco some credit, they didn’t set the Digimon World: Next Order release date go against Pokemon. Both Sun and Moon have been heavily anticipated by fans, so the last thing the game needed to do was go against its former rival. However, the competition in January is also quite strong, which might lead to disappointing sale.
Fans went crazy for Resident Evil 7 and its demo was one of the most downloaded on PSN. Originally exclusive to PS Plus members, the demo is now available for the general public to try. Kingdom Hearts 2.8 needs no introduction, as fans will definitely pick it up to get ready for Kingdom Hearts 3. Add titles like Yakuza 0 and Gravity Rush 2 to the competition.
There’s also a lot of big games coming out in the month after such as Nioh and Horizon Zero Dawn. There’s also a lot of titles set for Q1 with an unannounced release date such as Injustice 2, Tekken 7, and South Park The Fractured but Whole.
Digimon World: Next Pre-Order?
While the Digimon World: Next Order release date might not be the best, there are some neat pre-order goodies. Fans that decide to pre-order the game can get a DLC code for Omnimon, the combined digivolution of WarGreymon and Metal Garurumon. Gematsu confirmed that two soundtracks will also be available, one for the current game and one for the classic Digimon World from the PSOne.
Digimon World: Next Order comes out on January 31 for the PS4. Fans hoping for a PS Vita version are out of luck, since one won’t be coming to America or Europe. This is an odd move, since the game was originally a Vita title when it first came out in Japan.